Assembly Republicans are considering raising the amount of money the 99 members of the Assembly can claim for their expenses.
"It is just something they are considering," said Kit Beyer, spokeswoman for incoming Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester. "Nothing has been decided."
Senate Republican leaders have rejected the idea.
"I would not support raising the per diem right now," said incoming Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau. "I think the state Senate is more focused on making sure we pass a fiscally responsible budget and work on legislation that will bring real jobs to Wisconsin."
But higher reimbursement rates for the Assembly could still pass for that chamber because the organization committee of each house sets its own rates.
Legislators can currently claim $88 per day ($44 for Dane County area members) for food and lodging expenses for each day spent in Madison on legislative business. That "per diem" allowance rate has been the same since 2001.
That money is addition to the lawmakers' salaries, which was $49,943 during the 2011-2012 legislative session, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau. The speaker of the Assembly receives an additional stipend of $25 per month.
Vos is considering the change about a month before he is sworn in as speaker.
Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie had no comment on the proposed change.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, could not be reached immediately for comment.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said he didn't see the per diem change as a priority, but added that he thinks "it makes sense" to peg state lawmakers' reimbursement rates to the per diem rates received by federal employees, such as a percentage of the money that they receive.
Hotel rates and food costs have increased since the per diem rates were set more than a decade ago, Barca said.
The current reimbursement rate for federal employees who travel to Madison is $145 per day.